Aristotle advised Alexander the great to send a colony of Greeks from the philosopher’s home town to Socotra in the 4th century BC. The goal of the expedition was to take advantage of the abundance of aloe and other plants that grew freely on the island. After all the Indians who occupied the island before the Greeks had named it Dvipa Sukhadra – Sanskrit for the Island of Bliss. When the Greeks landed on Socotra , they unseated Indian colony and started their own reign of the island. The island’s newest inhabitants adapted the old Sanskrit name to Greeks language as Dioscorida.From this Sanskrit appellation as well ,the island’s modern name ,Socotra, was derived.
There are several other theories accounting for the origin of Socotra’s name. On commonly put forward hypothesis is that the name reflected the business of the island- in addition the island was known for exporting the sap of the dragoon’s tree, incense and herbs .According to the Arabian geographer Yaqut Al-Hamawi, Socotra known locally as Souk means market ,Qatira means Drop ,combined the two words till formed, Socotra